Is it time to break up with make up?

Is it time to break up with make up?

It was around the time that I was fifteen that make up started to have a stranglehold on me.

I distinctly remember the moment I started to care what other people thought of me and began to feel insecure about the way I looked. One of the girls from my year gave me an eyeliner to ‘lift’ my eyes, when previously I had no concept that they needed it. For many years, I couldn’t leave the house without concealing my face with make up and it became a prison I lived in until recently.

These days, ‘ain’t nobody got time for ‘dat!’

Like Popeye says, ‘I yam what I yam.’

For some, make up is an art form and hobby, but for others, like me, it can become a prison we inhabit too easily and I am so grateful someone shook me from my slumber.

Some might say make up is liberating but when we’re trying to wear confidence with concealer or eyelash tinter, make up becomes one of the quickest ways to wear us down.

Without make up, my skin breathes, I spend less on beauty products, I halve my get-ready-time, I feel happy with my face, and I feel my sense of self-esteem breathes with it. No lip-lift or foundation can build me into the person I want to be, nor can it fill any gaps.

If you’d like to break free from the stranglehold that make up can have, then do it.

It might sound funny but one of the best ways to do so is to start weight training.

No, seriously.

When I focused more on pushing my body (and surprising myself with what my body could achieve), I felt strong, I felt bright, I felt empowered in a way that simply cannot be achieved with beauty products. My face cleared up and I felt clearer in myself.

I can now use make up without feeling like I’m ugly without it and I’m a firm believer that while it can be a nice tool, we need to focus on fitness first.

When we start to feel strong, when we transform our nutrition or surround ourselves with a tribe that lifts us from the soul-outwards, we will find the sense of the freedom so many of us seek.

But don’t forget…

Warts and all, you’re loved.

I’d love to see you feel strong in YOURSELF, as it’s such an amazing feeling when you do.

I think that’s what I’m trying to get across.

As Popeye says, be ‘Strong to the finish.’

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